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ordiesel -- Major Amendments Relaxing Off-Road Regulation Approved

Posted: 15 Jan 2011 12:23:21
The Air Resources Board has posted a new fact sheet describing
the December 2010 amendments to the in-use off-road diesel
vehicle regulation. The fact sheet summarizes the off-road
regulation and reflects the proposed amendments considered by the
Board at the December 2010 Board Hearing.  The amendments include
pushing back the first compliance date to no earlier than January
1, 2014, for all fleets and making other significant changes. To
view or download a copy of the fact sheet, go to
http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/ordiesel/documents/post_2010_hearing_fact_sheet.pdf

Please note also that if you are considering purchasing a new,
cleaner off-road vehicle or retrofitting an existing one, you may
wish to look into a new loan assistance program.  ARB has
received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to assist
businesses in complying with the off-road regulation. Loans are
available for replacement of an off-road vehicle, repower with a
cleaner engine, or a verified exhaust retrofit.  For more
information and eligibility, please visit our website
http://www.treasurer.ca.gov/cpcfa/calcap/contributor/offroad.pdf.
 
Background

On April 22, 2010, staff presented an update to the Board on the
emissions inventories used to develop the off-road and the truck
and bus regulations, as well as a summary of the impact of the
recession on emissions from off-road vehicles, trucks, and buses.
 At that meeting, the Board asked staff to develop changes to the
regulations that would reduce their economic impact on affected
businesses during the ongoing economic recession, while
continuing to protect public health, meet federal clean air
deadlines, and move forward through uncertain economic times.  At
its December 2010 hearing, staff proposed and the Board voted on
amendments to the regulation.

The off-road regulation is intended to reduce toxic and
smog-forming emissions from off-road vehicles.  Reducing such
emissions is necessary to meet federally imposed clean air
standards and to reduce the adverse health effects from air
pollution throughout the state.  

For further information on ARBís diesel vehicle and equipment
regulations, please call the California Air Resources Board
Diesel Hotline at 866-6DIESEL (866-634-3735).  For further
information about the off-road diesel vehicle regulation, please
visit the off-road regulation website at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/ordiesel. 

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